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  1. Your Local Info Source

    Don’t forget; your library is a local news resource.  We have information on local government projects/programs and can connect you with city government, departments, and other organizations.

    We currently have on display the city’s Horicon Downtown Plan.  The planning project, completed and ratified by the council in December 2016, was created by City Department Heads, Elected Officials, and a steering committee of local business owners and organizations.  The Plan outlines “A vision for the future of downtown Horicon” revitalizing the stretches of Lake St., Vine St. and Barstow St.  The Plan emphasizes the need to capitalize on the Rock River as a natural feature and entryway into the Marsh, providing an idyllic venue for community recreation, living, and increased commerce.  The library has a circulating and browsing copy of the plan available to all members of the community.  Stop in, take a look, and speak with your local representative about your thoughts on the vision for Horicon’s future.

    Winter is on the verge to turn to spring, and those of you with green thumbs are hankering for warmer weather to get out in the yard and gardens.  If planting a tree is on your spring to-do list, the city is offering a 50% reimbursement (up to $50.00) to assist home, and business owners improve the city’s tree canopy.  Details, along with the application, are available on the city’s website. www.cityhoriconwi.us  or at the library.  

  1. Native Son Authors WWII History
     Monarch Library System

    Being a now marsh-loving transplant, I have to admit many times there’s a large gap in my knowledge base when it comes to local history, and I always appreciate helpful suggestions from the community directing me to local items of note.  That was the case a few weeks ago when an acquaintance asked if the library had bought a particular book.  First, a feeling of guilt set in that I didn’t recognize the author, nor the family surname connection, and second the book focuses on WWII.  My own family and our library patrons seem to have a penchant for the period, so I try to keep abreast of newer publications. 

                When Eternities Met:  A True Story of Terror, Mutiny, Loss, and Love in a Disremembered Second World War, by Matt Rohde, raised in Horicon, is an alternative narrative of the war, highlighting the “ambiguity and ambivalence” for many of its players.  The true story centers around the lives of five young people.  Three from our corner of the world and two from Central Europe.  The Chronical, written in fluid prose, is peppered with snippets of interviews, letters, newspaper articles, and archival research.  Those of you who lived through the era will be transported to a Horicon of 1939.  It’s likely you may be able to identify the cast of characters, but I’m even more confident you’ll learn more about the making of them and how war affects us all.  Please call to place your hold.  920-485-3535